Saturday, July 22, 2017

All Dressed Up & Somewhere to Go Part II

Besides choosing what to wear, deciding where to go can be one of the greatest challenges in dancing particularly if you’re flying solo. Even if you discover the latest trendy venue there’s nothing worse than cooling your heels at the hottest place in town.  Here are a couple of suggestions to get you out there.

Dance socials
Many dance studios host a monthly/weekly social.  The social begins with a group lesson followed by a couple of hours of open dancing.  Often these events are free to the public as a means of attracting more students for private lessons. Socials are best for beginners, but are also great for experienced dancers to brush up on their skills.

Club lessons
Some of the more savvy venues will host a weekly free dance lesson followed by open dancing.  The inspiration for Package Deal’s Eclipse generally attracts the twenty-something crowd willing to pay the cover charge and for pricey drinks.  On Friday nights at 7:30, this club waives the cover charge for their Latin Dance Social, a one-hour free lesson followed by Latin dancing until around 10:00. The Friday night Salsa crowd spans a broad spectrum of abilities and with the ages ranging from college age to retirement.

Finally, even if you are at the right place and still feel lonely on the sidelines—ask the instructor to dance.  There’s nothing like dancing with an accomplished partner to sharpen your skills.  Besides any instructor who understands the nuances of social dance beyond the basic steps will treat you like a queen.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Author Interview-Skye Taylor

What inspired you to be a writer?
Fred Keyes was one of the strictest English teachers in my high school and I had him for both my junior and senior year. He challenged me to think outside the box and to write beyond anything I’d thought myself capable of. I knew the basics of grammar, but he taught me how words can transform and create stories that capture the imagination.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Jamie Fraser is my all-time favorite hero in any book, series or movie. Long before the STARZ series on TV – I read Outlander when it first came out, even before it was a best seller.
Nils Sorenson, from a trilogy by Elizabeth OgilvieHigh Tide at Noon, The Storm Tide & The Ebbing Tide. I read these books when I was a teenager and loved the setting and the hero.  The heroine, not so much, Joanna was too much like me. Perhaps I saw the things I liked least about myself in her? But Nils was everything I pictured myself wanting in a lover or a husband.
Jessie Best, from Pam Morsi’s Simple Jess. Something about Jess caught my heart and I’ve never forgotten him. My favorite heroines have all come from Cheryl Reavis: Gillian Warner from The First Boy I loved and Grace James from The Marine. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all of Georgette Heyer’s heroines as well and there are way too many to mention by name.

Tell me what inspired this story.
Iain’s Plaid was inspired one day when I sailed out to explore an abandoned island off the coast of Maine with an intriguing and lengthy history. As I stood at the brink of an ancient old foundation gazing down at the bright blue water of the harbor, trying to imagine that island and the men and women that called it home hundreds of years earlier, the slab of granite wobbled. I jumped back alarmed, not wanting to fall into the grassy old hole. Then the crazy thought leapt into my head, “What if I did fall in? What if I hit my head and was knocked unconscious. And what if I woke up in a different century with a sturdy floor above my head? So, that’s exactly how Dani Amico’s adventure begins, and how she comes to meet Iain MacKail, a patriot and hero she’d read about in a book.
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When Dani Amico falls into an abandoned cellar hole and wakes up in another century, she has to decide whether to stay and save Iain MacKail from the fate she knows is coming or run away before she falls in love in love with him and gets hurt trying to change history.
Iain MacKail has already put his liberty on the line for a cause, now he has to decide how much more he’s willing to sacrifice, and the arrival of this bewitching woman from the future is making his life even more complicated. Falling in love with her is easy, understanding her is impossible. And what if she disappears as mysteriously as she came?

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What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
A moonlit beach is one of my favorite places to have a romantic scene. I live at the beach and I love walking on a moonlit night, bare feet in the still warm sand with moonlight glittering across the ocean in a beautiful twinkling carpet of silver. It just seems like one of God’s prettiest sights.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?   
I’m currently working on several projects. One is another historical romance set in early America. I’m also working on books 5 and 6 in my contemporary Romance series- The Camerons of Tide’s Way. The Camerons are a big, close-knit family. Descendants of hard-working folk who came from Scotland with little more than the clothes on their back and a steadfast faith in God, the Camerons are a patriotic, enterprising clan more apt to spend their spare time volunteering in the service of others than playing golf or checking their investment accounts. They’ve settled in Tide’s Way, a fictional little town that grew up around the old Jolee Plantation in Coastal North Carolina. Available now: Falling for Zoe, Loving Meg, Trusting Will and Healing a Hero. Still to come: Keeping His Promise and Believing in Love.
And if you’re looking for something with a hint of romance but a whole lot more, check out my mainstream political intrigue, The Candidate. “The Photo caught Matt Steele off guard jerking him back to a time he’d done everything to forget, to emotions he never wanted to relive. In the midst of a hotly contested race for the White House, the photo and the man who brought it will challenge everything Matt thought he knew about himself. The choice he faces to put honor on the line could impact the outcome of the election and change the fate of a nation.”

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